Articles by Mary-Anne Gontsana

SASSA not processing new disability grant applications during the pandemic

“I came here with my letter to apply for a grant. I didn’t even make it through the gate”


21 July 2020

Motshekga snubs teachers’ unions

Minister says she’s consulting, but unions say it’s not with them


15 July 2020

“Anti-social behaviour” could soon disqualify you from renting from the City

Public comment on draft housing allocation policy open till 21 July

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9 July 2020

New LGBTQI+ draft guidelines for schools critically flawed say education activists

Western Cape Education Department is evaluating comments on its Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Guidelines


9 July 2020

Nomandla Yako, who defied Thabo Mbeki by importing HIV medicines, has died

TAC activist who lived openly with HIV succumbs to Covid-19


1 July 2020

Covid-19: School principals ask President to close schools

“Our children and teachers are terrified”


24 June 2020

Life in a shack when you’re in a wheelchair

Every day Nonceba Siyobi sits in the doorway of her home hoping a passerby will help her to the nearest toilet


4 June 2020

Contractor says school feeding scheme isn’t viable if only two grades return

“Normally I would deliver for 5,000 but now my delivery will only be for 677 in grades 7 and 12.”


29 May 2020

Philippi residents cry foul over stagnant water

City blames company building CTM in Mitchells Plain for damaged pipeline


15 May 2020

Bus drivers disrupt services over Covid-19 fears

Police disperse protesting Golden Arrow employees


8 May 2020

Hair and beauty technicians petition to start working

Employer’s organisation has collected nearly 70,000 signatures


6 May 2020

Covid-19: “Gugulethu 7” backyarders say they’ve been abandoned

“We have received no food parcels, masks, gloves or even sanitisers”


6 May 2020

Covid-19: Water supply improves in Cape Town’s informal settlements

Water tanks and trucks have been delivered to some areas


21 April 2020

Covid-19: School feeding reopens in Western Cape

But South African Democratic Teachers Union accuses province of undermining national plan to limit the spread of Covid-19


9 April 2020

Covid-19: Hairdresser’s battle to survive

“I have never been scared like this before”


7 April 2020

Informal settlement residents demand water ahead of lockdown

“Everybody says that the most vulnerable will be protected but what has the government done to make sure the most vulnerable have access to water?”


26 March 2020